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Old 11-10-2011, 12:01 PM   #11
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House bill would hurt state's efforts with Great Lakes
Undermines New York’s tough new regulations aimed at preventing invasive species from entering Lake Erie, Ontario
Updated: October 15, 2011, 3:05 PM

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WASHINGTON — A bill moving quickly through the House would undermine New York’s tough new regulations aimed at preventing invasive species from entering the Great Lakes.

The measure exempts ballast water — the water kept in the hulls of ships to keep them balanced, and the main repository for alien invaders like the zebra mussel — from the federal Clean Water Act and any tougher state regulations…
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New York offers ballast compromise; shipping advocates balk
By Dan Egan of the Journal Sentinel
Oct. 24, 2011

New York offers ballast compromise; shipping advocates balk - JSOnline
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The state of New York does not appear to be bowing to pressure from a group of Great Lakes governors, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, to back off on its plan to adopt the region's toughest ballast discharge laws for overseas ships visiting the Great Lakes.

All overseas vessels sailing into the Great Lakes must pass through New York state waters, and in 2013 New York had planned to begin requiring ships to install water treatment systems in their vessel-steadying ballast tanks in order to kill unwanted hitchhikers making their way into the lakes from ports around the globe.

This did not sit well with Walker and fellow governors Mitch Daniels of Indiana and John Kasich of Ohio, who in September sent a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him to back off…
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Editorial: Keep new invasive species out of our vulnerable lake
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The $33.5-billion-a-year shipping industry naturally is concerned about the cost of adding ballast-treatment systems, which could include a mix of filtration and chemical or ultraviolet-ray treatment. But the treatment should be part of the cost of shipping. Otherwise, the cost of environmental damage is pushed off on utilities, coastal industries, commercial and sport fishing and everyday citizens…
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Who controls the Great Lakes?
8 states have equal voice; decisions critical for michigan
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Who controls the Great Lakes? | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com
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"They need to just get the job done," Schuette said in a recent interview. "We've been able to send a man to the moon, but we can't stop a carp from migrating into Lake Michigan. It boggles the mind."

Schuette is not alone in…
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Michigan: Plan on Carp Falters, Congressman Says
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Published: October 5, 2012

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The Army Corps of Engineers will not meet a legal deadline for completing a plan to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes...
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Underwater CO shows potential as barrier to Asian carp
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U of I News: Underwater CO? shows potential as barrier to Asian carp :: Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois
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As the Asian carp population grows and the threat of the invasive species entering Lake Michigan through one of the Chicago canals is monitored, a University of Illinois researcher believes using two barrier methods is better than one.

Cory Suski experimented with adding carbon dioxide (CO) into the water as a supplemental tool to work in tandem with the electric fence, which has been used to divert the carp from entering the canal, with the goal of providing a second line of defense. Suski found that carbon dioxide is quick and effective in repelling fish from an area.

"In one experiment using tanks, we could actually...
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Michigan: More Money to Combat Asian Carp
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Published: July 24, 2013

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A $50 million federal plan released Wednesday for keeping Asian carp from reaching the valuable fish populations of the Great Lakes calls for reinforcing electrical and other barriers and for field-testing other methods, including the use of water guns and hormonal fish love potions...
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This whole situation is so utterly frustrating. The threat is obvious. The solution is equally straight forward. Granted, there is a lot of complexity to a project like this; but the Corps of Engineers can do it.

I was in the Corps of Engineers for awhile. There are a lot of bright people there and they have a 'can do' attitude. The Corps receives a lot of requests about major engineering tasks. The 'inside the office' humor reflected their outlook. When a request was received "Can you ... ", the reply was "We can do anything - Send money." And therein lies the real understanding to resolving the carp invasion problem.

Everything the Corps of Engineers does is directly controlled by congress:
United States Army Corps of Engineers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The "they" that are failing to take action to get this problem resolved is the US Congress.
Well said, NEWisc. To further add to your statement of the complexity of this problem, I'd like to mention not just the complexity of finding a solution(s) that appears to work, but also the complexity of accurately determining IF and how well your solution works. And to do that, it requires the additional complexity of accurately detecting the presence of Asian carp. When numbers of carp are low (either because they are just becoming established or because they are on their way to being almost eradicated) it can be especially difficult to tell if you've "gotten them all."
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